The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview charged $163,690 for gastrointestinal hemorrhage surgery in fiscal year 2011.

Nine miles away, the same procedure cost $19,770— an eighth of Fairview’s sticker price — at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital.

This gap illustrates the murky business of how hospitals decide the cost of care.

Story by Marion Renault. Published September 25, 2013.